9. Feb, 2020

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there. 

Anna Muzychuk (29 yrs) was taught to play chess at the age of two by her parents, both professional chess coaches. She played her first tournament at five and in the same year she was placed second in the under-10 girls championship. Mariya (27 yrs) was first taught chess at age two by her parents and at age three she knew all the chess pieces. At age six she took part in her first chess tournament.

๐Ÿ‘ Play some of their junior games & a recent game against each other

๐Ÿ™‚ Video - their story (11:48 min)

7. Feb, 2020

This position is from a game I played in 2013, ending on Christmas Day

Black has moved 26... c5 threatening White's queen with a discovered attack

However, White can counterattack compliments of a pin

๐Ÿค” What was White's move & how did the game play out ?

            Play  the game


Have a go at figuring out these 5 moves:

๐Ÿ‘ Video - Magnus Carlsen's 5 brilliant moves (7:59 min)

 

 

5. Feb, 2020

Peter Leko in 1994 became the youngest player to achieve GM status

His confidence as a junior player is highlighted in these games.

In the diagram position, Peter (playing White) wins decisive material.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ What was his move ?     Play the game


Figure out his next move in these junior tournament games:

            Positions        Play the games

3. Feb, 2020

Black to move, then White resigns

๐Ÿค” What is Black's move ?      Play


These positions are from London Knockout 2019.

Same deal - final move which either checkmates or brings about the opponent's resignation:

          Positions        Play the games

 

1. Feb, 2020

Find the best move for Black

Position        Hint        Solution

๐Ÿ‘ Play the game


๐Ÿ™‚ Tournament - London Knockout 2019